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The Folklore Blog Shortage
Explanation for Our Existence
You'll see the complaint on forum after forum--there's a shortage of high-quality folklore & fairy tale websites & blogs. The few that do exist tend to update infrequently, or, at some point, their creator stopped updating them altogether (usually sometime in the late '90s.) Many folklore blogs come out of university English or Anthropology departments. Their images are minimal and their text is long and dry in too small a font. Fairy tale blogs tend to be personal endeavors, often started by teenage girls and middle-age women. These bloggers usually post pretty art, but not much else. Often they don't bother to comment upon an image beyond a sentence or two. Sometimes they don't even credit the artist. More often than not, these blogs seem like early incarnations of Tumblr pages.
We're not trying to put anyone down. We're just trying to explain that we felt it was our civic duty to make a beautiful yet entertaining and informative cultural anthropology blog that focused on the imaginary, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly. We recognized that it was too large of a project for a single person, that it deserved a whole team of writers, artists, and scholars-in-training. Here at Quail Bell, we're trying to make folklore & fairytales accessible in a modern way. We're bringing dedicated contributors, a sense of aesthetics, a touch of humor, and solid research to the game. You let us know if we fall behind.
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Christine Stoddard conceived the idea for Quail Bell in late 2009 after writing a children's story by the same name, and launched the website as a college blog in 2010. In June 2013, Christine and former art director Kristen Rebelo officially launched Quail Bell Magazine as a global web magazine. Read our editorial mission statement to learn more.